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Kathy King - Co-Chair
Kristin Young - Co-Chair

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The San Juan Capistrano Chapter is one of 36 chapters of the California Dressage Society whose charter it is to promote and support the sport of dressage within the state of California. Our chapter is a non-profit group with over 200 members who live, train, and ride in Orange County, California (San Juan Capistrano and surrounding communities).

We are a very active chapter that hosts a number of shows, clinics, and events each year. Our members include riders of all levels including beginners, juniors, young riders, adult amatuers, and seasoned professionals. We welcome anyone with an interest in dressage and provide many opportunities to participate in our activities.


These board members work hard to serve our chapter and local dressage community, because most importantly...this is YOUR chapter! If you have ideas, suggestions, questions, comments, or would like to find a way to become more involved, our leadership would love to hear from you.

Kathy King - Co-Chair
Kathy started riding as a child in hunter competitions and began riding dressage as an adult. After working on a standardbred farm in charge of a breeding stallion in New York, she moved to California. She was volunteer coordinator at both SJC Olympic selection trials and has scribed at the 2005, 2007, and 2009 World Cups. Kathy manages the chapter horse shows and works at other major horse shows in both southern and northern California. For the past 12 years her equine partner has been her Polish Arabian horse, Sparky. 

Kristin Young - Co-Chair
Kristin is a long time dressage enthusiast and enjoys serving on the San Juan Chapter board as co-chair. She is in charge of chapter sponsored clinics, so if you have a great idea, she would love to hear about it and help make it happen. Kristin is pictured here with her horse, Mr. J.




 Sandy Harper - Co-Chair

Sandy has been a member of the California Dressage Society since 1992 and served as a member of the CDS Executive Board and on the Adult Education committee for USDF from 2011 to 2014. Sandy is a breeder of KWPN dressage horses and actively shows in dressage and dressage sport horse breeding divisions. She is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist in dressage performance as an Adult Amateur. In addition, one of her homebreds won the USDF Horse of the Year for Yearlings.

Sandy is a USDF L Program graduate and enjoys judging schooling shows. 

Sandy has been a KWPN-NA Member since 2001. She has participated annually in keurings since 2001 and was in the jury training program. Sandy promotes KWPN horses through her own successes as a breeder and rider. Sandy recently served on the Member Committee as the secretary and now serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Sandy also is the chair for the 2019 Annual General Meeting committee and was a successful lead organizer of the 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 AGM.


Sandy has a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. She has experience in strategic planning, as well as strong management skills along with marketing and computer skills. She is a passionate horsewoman and is always promoting the Dressage discipline.

Kim Elliott - Web master   Kim enjoys riding, showing and contributing to SJC CDS.   Her web site

technical knowledge helps her maintain the SJC web site. Kim has earned a Bronze and Silver medal.



Kathleen Fitzpatrick-Secretary
Kathleen has been riding most of her life, but didn’t start formal lessons until after college in the early 1990s.
Dressage has been her passion ever since. Her current partner is an Andalusian mare named Sangria that
has most recently taken her to RAAC and the USDF Championships. Kathleen is a USDF Bronze and Silver
Medalist and is beginning the road to Gold this year.  She is eager to help grow our chapter and is proud to
serve her first time on the Board as your Secretary. 

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Marcy Levatino 

“Marcy has been riding dressage since middle school on several borrowed horses from neighbors and friends. It wasn’t until she was a working student for an eventer in Fresno while attending college that she found her dream horse, an 18hh Holsteiner named Ciminiti. After securing a job as an operating room nurse, she was able to purchase Cim and move him to Orange County.

They have been together for a little over a year and are currently training at second level. Marcy is excited to be a part of the SJC Chapter Board for 2019!”



 April Burr Adams Equestrian Biography

The joy of working with horses has always been a part of who I am.  I blame my parents! They met as members of a riding club when they were in their early twenties.  When I was 5, my dad would rent horses for us to ride around Griffith Park in Los Angeles for a couple of hours on the weekends. There was no stopping me after that from begging, (incessantly, I’m sure) for a horse of my own.  When we moved to Rolling Hills on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, I was finally granted my wish. 
 Unfortunately, a young, green Thoroughbred mare was not the right horse to learn on.  After several tossings, I was amazingly fortunate to have a new partner named Pogo Stick, a wonderful Morgan Arabian who taught me to jump, along with Judy Martin, my trainer. Pogo helped us win Puissant jumping classes that one time at Flintridge resulted in a 6 way tie at 5’2”. Santana, my beautiful green conformation hunter took me to my first Grand Prix jumping competition when I was 17.  Of course, prior to that were many lessons and equitation, hunter, and AHSA Medal classes, along with junior jumping classes at shows like Del Mar, Santa Barbara, and Portuguese Bend.
When I moved to British Columbia, Canada, I bought a young horse and decided to learn how to event while getting my Special Education Teaching degree at the University of British Columbia.  Eventing was so much fun! Especially the galloping and jumping cross country! Alas, becoming pregnant with my two children put an end to my eventing career, although it did result in my being blessed with two very accomplished and amazing children, my daughter Alexis, and my son Richard. 
With our family’s move to Ontario, I eventually began riding again. However, although I still enjoyed jumping, I began to take Dressage lessons on a young Thoroughbred. Needless to say, I was hooked and have been every since!
After moving back to California, I one day wandered into Sycamore Stables, hoping to find a horse to ride. Mark Rogers steered me to Brent Hicks and a new partner named Buddy Holly, a wonderful Thoroughbred, who although not really built for Dressage, absolutely tried his hardest to follow my inexpert Dressage requests. 22 years later, Brent is still yelling at me to keep my fingers closed and to sit up straight! With the support of my husband Gordon, I am fortunate to ride a lovely and opinionated Westfalen partner, Dylan (aka Pablo’s Dylano) who also really tries hard to please me.  We’ve been completing at 4th Level and are now aiming for Prix St. George. 
The agony and the ecstasy of Dressage is that one is always learning about oneself and one’s horse. To this end, as a new CDS SJC board member, I hope to help our chapter members “enjoy the ride” while having fun learning about Dressage and their wonderful equine partners alongside a great group of like-minded chapter members. 
Yours in Dressage,
April Burr Adams



Are you interested in joining the board?  The following position is open:  Sponsorship Coordinator